Niall Ferguson

Milbank Family Senior Fellow
Biography: 

Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard, where he served for twelve years as the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He is the author of fifteen books, most recently The Square and the Tower. His previous book, Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize. He is an award-making filmmaker, too, having won an international Emmy for his PBS series The Ascent of Money. His many other prizes include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013). In addition to writing a weekly column for the Sunday Times (London) and the Boston Globe, he is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, an advisory firm. He also serves on the board of Affiliated Managers Group. His new book, The Square and the Tower, in published in the U.S. in January.

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Obama's muddled stance on foreign intervention

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, February 20, 2007

If politics were a fairy tale, Barack Obama would surely be the next president of the United States...

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How to stop the U.S. from being Goliath

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, February 12, 2007

Two vignettes say much about the American way of war...

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Britain's American Revolution

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, February 5, 2007

For a time, it seemed as if the finale of Tony Blair's premiership would be a reprise of Anthony Eden's, with an Iraq Fiasco taking the place of a Suez Crisis...

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The Reality of Civil War

by Niall Fergusonvia Time Magazine
Monday, February 5, 2007

While supposedly waging a war on terrorism, in reality the U.S. today finds itself embroiled in multiple civil wars: Iraq, Afghanistan and now Somalia...

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Independence isn't always beautiful

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, January 29, 2007

I find myself confronted with a "trilemma" — a three-horned dilemma...

Analysis and Commentary

Schooled for unemployment

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, January 22, 2007

Last week, Gordon Brown, the presumptive successor to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, gave a speech in which he said globalization requires "a real, deliverable promise that we can give people the skills for the future by investing in education, science, technology and the creative industries..."

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Blue-helmet time in Iraq

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, January 15, 2007

For Iraqis to recognize the legitimacy of any force, Bush has to hand over the country's security to the United Nations...

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The Next Meltdown

by Niall Fergusonvia Time Magazine
Monday, January 15, 2007

In the world of finance, that was one happy Old Year...

Analysis and Commentary

A War to Start All Wars

by Niall Fergusonvia Atlantic Monthly
Tuesday, January 9, 2007

The United States invaded Iraq in April 2003 for multiple reasons, but the most ambitious was a desire to remake a whole region...

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Promoting disorder in Somalia

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, January 8, 2007

If there were an American Evelyn Waugh alive today, he could ask for no better subject matter than the recent history of Somalia...

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